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Posted on November 16, 2018 in Oil Tanks, .

When it comes to replacing your old oil tank there are various options that you will be presented with. One of the first options to consider it what material the tank is made of. Historically, oil tanks were made from steel, the industry has now moved more towards plastic, however, steel tanks are still made and do offer a robust and secure option when looking to replace your current oil tank.

Quite often, when we visit a property, we are presented with an old steel oil tank that has been in position for many years. Eventually like most things, they do need replacing and many customer of Oil Tanks Plus do ask for the option of replacing their old steel tank for a new one.

Below we look at the advantages and disadvantages of Steel oil tanks as an option for your oil tank replacement.


  • Steel is more secure than plastic, it is harder to drill through and just the sight of a steel tank can be a deterrent to opportunistic would-be thieves
  • If your situation allows the installation of a single skin oil tank then it can prove to be the most cost-efficient option
  • Steel Tanks can be made to custom sizes fairly easily with the manufacturing process based on welding sheets of steel together as opposed to moulds having to be made


  • With Steel being heavy, it can be harder to manoeuvre and install
  • Over time, they do corrode even when properly maintained
  • Regular maintenance is required to extend the lifespan

In summary, whilst plastic is now the go-to material for oil tanks by both homeowners and the OFTEC registered installers out there. Steel tanks are still made and provide a very robust vessel to store your heating oil. Read about the advantages of plastic oil tanks here.